Why is Ghostbusters rated PG?
Official MPAA Rating: Ghostbusters is rated PG for
Violence: It may be a comedy, but there are many scenes in this film likely to frighten young children. Depictions of supernatural beings include a green blob with a big mouth, a couple of skeletons with partial skin coverings and large cat-like creatures. We also see portrayals of humans who are possessed by spirits. These poltergeists are attacked and captured with the use of guns that emit an energy beam. Ghosts attack humans as well, but the only “injury” they inflict is covering the people in a slimy substance.
Sexual Content: Sexual situations consist of a man who is seduced by a possessed woman (she makes an explicit sexual remark to him), another couple shown embracing (sexual relations are implied) and a man whose pants appear to be removed by a female ghost. (No nudity is seen in any of these situations.)
Language:A crude term for sex, anatomical slang, scatological terms, other mild profanities and terms of deity are heard.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Principal and secondary characters are frequently seen smoking cigarettes. Alcohol use is infrequent, but two characters do drink to relieve stress.